The family of Jeffrey (Jeff) Wroe wish to make the following statement regarding the support they have received from Barnsley Football Club over the last few weeks.
First and foremost, we would like to express our gratitude to St. John’s Ambulance and the Stadium Doctor for their immediate response to the incident. The medical staff did all they could to save Jeff’s life. The coroner revealed that Jeff died instantly and nothing more could have been done.
Throughout the difficult time of dealing with our bereavement the Club have been amazing in their support. Continually reaching out to us, representatives of the Club were regularly in touch. Peter Amos, the Club Chaplain visited us with flowers and condolences. We would also like to give thanks to Peter for taking the time to speak at Jeff’s funeral on behalf of Barnsley FC. Moreover, Dane Murphy, the Club’s Chief Executive Officer has been equally supportive. Thank you, to the Executives, Coaching Staff and Players that attended the funeral.
All the gestures made on behalf of the Club for Jeff have been fantastic. During the Preston and Swansea games the tributes from the Club and the supporters were excellent. We were overwhelmed by the clapping of the supporters in the 66th minute. Even Swansea scoring at this moment did not dull their enthusiasm for the gesture, Jeff would have been thrilled that we quickly equalised.
We wish to extend our thanks to Andy Goodwin, the supporter who set up the ‘Just Giving’ page and all those who donated. After working in the Steel Works and serving in the Royal Navy, Jeff spent almost 30 years as a Firefighter. Therefore, it is appropriate that a substantial amount of the money donated should go to the Firefighter’s Benevolent Fund. The remainder of the money will be donated to the Guide Dogs Charity (Jeff donated to this charity on a monthly basis) and the NSPCC. The money from his funeral collection will be donated to St. John’s Ambulance.
ONCE A RED, ALWAYS A RED.